The Best Fitness Apps to Get You Sweating in the New Year
We are just a few days away from the start of a new year. With it brings high expectations for things we want to accomplish, in particular, our health and fitness goals. With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top 5 fitness apps that will help keep you motivated as you continue or start your journey towards better health in 2019.
Best For: Bodyweight Workouts
Sworkit is like a personal trainer in your pocket. The app interface provides four options: yoga, stretching, cardio, and strength. You don't need any equipment to do the exercises, which means you can use the app anywhere. Pick the workout you want as well as how long you'd like the workout to be. Bonus: the window that is shown while actually doing the workout is an animation which displays exactly how to complete the exercise. Lastly, you can group your favorite exercises together to create a custom list of movements you'd like to do.
Best For: HIIT Training and Variety
With 2500 workouts in just about every category you can think of (we mean it), Aaptiv will keep things interesting. With 30 new classes added each week, this app is perfect for those who like to mix things up. Workouts range from 7 minutes to full training programs so you can pick and choose what works for your life and schedule. Added bonus: you don't need wifi. You can download workouts to your phone, so they will be available offline.
Best For: Meditation/Mindfulness
Headspace is a mindfulness app that provides on-demand meditation app that offers hundreds of guided meditations on varying subjects. There are meditations for sleep, stress, relationship, you name it. The goal is to bring some calm, wellness, and balance to everyone in an easy, accessible way. Mission accomplished. You can browse the archives or choose their daily meditation that focuses on a new topic each day. Choose from varying lengths depending on what you have time for and track your progress and your time spent meditating to keep things balanced.
My Fitness Pal
Best For: Tracking Calories
My Fitness Pal will easily become your best friend for tracking any and all things food related. With an enormous food database, you can easily track your food and caloric intake, including menus from restaurants. It provides tips and tricks on how to eat healthier and allows you to track all nutrients including calories, fat protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, etc. You can also track your water intake, which is key to good health. You can also set goals for weight loss, choose from 350+ exercises, and track just about any movement. Added bonus: My Fitness Pal links up with other apps to you can keep everything in one place.
Best For: Weight Lifting and Data
Jefit is one of the few very data heavy workout apps. It analyzes workout progress and records various numbers, including your weight, reps, and time. It then processes this information in order to better your workouts. Offering over 1300 weight training workouts, this app will be your go-to for weightlifting. With the ability to keep track of your workouts, you can create daily custom fitness plans and personalized goals to help you get in shape. JEFIT also has an interactive aspect for fitness lovers where you can upload your own self-created workout ideas. With HD video and the ability to connect to family and friends, you'll easily find the motivation to keep things going in the gym.